Autumn Breaks

Posted on September 21st, 2015

Self Catering Autumn Breaks

Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean a cottage holiday can’t be just as enjoyable; for starters, the sun can often be shining well into autumn and we even may experience some days to rival the summer.

However, even if things begin to turn a little chillier, all is not lost as there are many activities which can still be enjoyed. Why not search for a holiday cottage in the countryside or a coastal cottage, pack up your walking boots and enjoy the great outdoors. What can be better than having a break from the office and being out in the fresh air taking in the scenery, perhaps even stopping at a cosy country pub to sample some of the local food and drink along the way?

If a walking holiday appeals to you, this is the perfect opportunity to bring along your four legged friend. Search for a pet friendly property and bring your pooch along – they’ll love going on long walks or playing on the beach and running in and out of the sea.

Another idea for an autumn break would be to incorporate a visit to a food and drink festival. There are several coming up around the UK and are an excellent way to spend an afternoon; many have cooking demonstrations and may even feature a celebrity chef. Grab yourself a hot drink and meander leisurely around the stalls; visiting in late autumn could provide you with the ideal opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents.

Many properties listed on the Remarkable Holidays website feature an open fire or a woodburner so after a day out and about and a nice meal, put your feet up and relax in front of a nice roaring fire. Or if you’re looking to book a romantic trip away with your special someone, a cottage with its own hot tub will add the perfect touch.

For the artistic and creative amongst you, the beautiful colours associated with this season provide many excellent photo opportunities; the sun shining through the autumn leaves can be simply beautiful.

With all this and much more to enjoy why not search for an autumn break today!

Days Out With Toddlers

Posted on September 18th, 2015

Many of you may be breathing a sigh of relief now that the school holidays are over but for those of you with toddlers, you may still be in need of some inspiration for days out with the little ones.

Zoos and Aquariums

Children and adults alike will enjoy a day out to one of the numerous zoos and aquariums located across the UK and Ireland. The kids will be fascinated by all the different species of animals, birds, insects and sea creatures; many places even provide the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Not only will they have a day out to remember, they may even learn a thing or two along the way!

Tiger

Farm parks   A great way for children to interact with animals is to visit a farm park; they will love petting and even feeding the animals. Many farm parks have a number of other activities and facilities too, for example adventure playgrounds, tractor rides, go karts, cafes and gift shops.  

Seaside On a dry, sunny day, a trip to the seaside provides the perfect day out. Plenty of fresh air, walks on the beach, ice cream, rides…what’s not to enjoy!
 
The Height of Excitement

Picnics in the park

A fun day out doesn’t need to cost the earth, most of us live within a short distance of a local park; children love to play outside and the fresh air will do them the world of good. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and fancy a change or scene, pack a picnic, hop in the car and head out further afield for a woodland walk or to a nature park. You may even spot some woodland critters!

Indoor/soft play centres

If the weather is not on your side, fear not! There are many indoor activities you can do which the weather can’t spoil. Search for your nearest indoor play centre for an excellent source of stimulation for kids and watch them delight in running round.

Swimming pools

Swimming is not only an important life skill and a great source of exercise but also a very enjoyable activity. Many swimming pools offer parent and toddler, or even baby swimming lessons – a great way to bond while getting them used to the water. Contact your local pool for details or simply go for a splash about! Why not go with a friend then you can even take it in turns to fit in a few lengths.

Children’s centres

Local children’s centres have a variety of sessions for young children which help to stimulate their senses and let their imaginations grow; many of the sessions do not require booking, run even week and provide a great way for both parents and children to socialise. Contact your nearest centre for details of activities.

The school holidays may be over for now but…

The next one will be here before you know it, why not start planning a break away for the family? A trip away will provide a change of scene for all the family and could provide the opportunity for some of the activities listed above if they are not available in your local area.

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Visit Skipton

Posted on September 13th, 2015

Skipton is surrounded by countryside, dramatic moorland in places mellow green hills in others, only adding its appeal.

As one of the finest English market towns, Skipton has the ability to weave its magic at any time of the year, especially Christmas when a Medieval Yuletide Festival takes place. Shopkeepers and stall holders dress in period costume, there is carol singing, medieval re-enactments, and lots to buy and see and eat. As the winter twilight descends and the Christmas lights come on, the atmosphere is enchanting.

Spring offers the sight of new-born lambs, Summer brings a variety of agricultural shows and events, Autumn provides Skipton with a blanket of golden leaves and scenic landscapes.

Skipton Market takes place on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday and is held on the cobbled Market Setts, either side of Skipton’s High Street. The market consists of numerous individual traders selling everything from fruit & vegetables to clothing and household products.

In 1066AD Skipton became the property of the de Romille family, who later built a fortress castle there. The castle still stands today and is open to the public. This is but one of Skipton’s many tourist attractions.

With the completion of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in 1816, Skipton was no longer just a market town but a centre for cloth weaving and commerce. Once used as a means of transporting imports and exports to and from ports of entry and exit, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal now takes on a different role as it caters for day trips along its picturesque waters.

The Skipton Waterway Festival is held every year and is usually a 3 day event attracting boats from the Skipton vicinity, Silsden area, Craven district, Yorkshire region and beyond. As well as thousands of visitors from all over, some say this is a major event in the North of England’s calendar and we think all will agree that this is a special occasion which is enjoyed by the local community, boaters and visitors to Skipton alike. Skipton could be called the “Venice of Yorkshire” as its position on the Leeds-Liverpool canal makes Skipton an ideal location to bring your boat and with many picturesque and tranquil miles of surrounding canal, were confident you’ll find the perfect place to moor your vessel (please always follow official guidelines when mooring on a canal-side).

Skipton has much to offer in the form of retail therapy, department stores, boutiques, coffee and tea houses, restaurants, the list goes on. A little known fact is that Skipton was home to Tom Spencer, who was a founder of what has become the Marks & Spencer retail empire. Skipton is perfect for mixing the civilities of shopping and taking afternoon tea in the town with a short jaunt on the surrounding moors.

From Skipton, via Skipton Railway station or road (approx. 27 miles drive), you can visit the cosmopolitan city of Leeds, with its Harvey Nichols flagship store and historic arcades filled with eclectic shops and boutiques. York can also be reach by rail or road (approx. 46 miles drive), with its abundant Viking history, racecourse and National Railway Museum. Harrogate (approx. 23 miles drive) is also within easy reach, where you can still take the waters in the old spa and then take tea at Bettys famous tearoom.

A vibrant nightlife can be enjoyed with Skipton providing an excellent choice of pubs, nightclubs and other social venues. From chic bars and nightclubs to traditional country pubs serving local ales. There is always plenty to see and do in Skipton.

For those who like to get out and about the Skipton area has a superb selection of Dales country walks including, Embsay Crag and Moors, Bolton Abbey, Skipton Moors, Winterburn Reservoir and much more.

Further to the fact that Tom Spencer (co-founder of Marks & Spencer) hails from Skipton, you may find it interesting to know that Sir Charles McMoran Wilson (1st Baron Moran, MC) was also born in Skipton. Sir Charles McMoran Wilson was famous for being Sir Winston Churchill’s personal physician. Also known as Lord Moran, Sir Charles served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916, in 1942 during his impressive medical career he was knighted and later made Baron Moran in 1944. Lord Moran was also author of a book published in 1966 named “Winston Churchill: The Struggle for Survival, 1940-1965”. Another famous former resident of Skipton is Iain Macleod, Mr Macleod was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in June 1970 by the then Prime Minister Edward Heath, but sadly Iain Macleod died one month later while at home in 11 Downing Street.

If you’re looking for a location that is set in beautiful surroundings, full of history and offering almost every service and amenity, then look no further than Skipton.

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